Airfix 1/48 North American P-51D, 352nd Fighter Group, August 1944
Herewith I present you my first ever full metal colored model.
The model represents the North American P-51D flown by Major George Earl Preddy Jr., 328th Fighter Squadron, 352nd Fighter Group, USAF, Norfolk England on August 6th, 1944.
This build is OOB and I used it to experiment on how to deal with aluminum schemes.
The Airfix tool to me was much beter to build than I expected, this because I remembered Airfix in the past as not being that great on fitting.
The biggest issue I ran into were the decals for the invasion stripes. Although the decals got on pretty nice, there was one area where no decals were provided for, the wingroot end and some areas at the bottom of the fuselage. So I had to paint these by hand and this unfortunately remained visible. My learning here is that for next time I will try to create those invasion stripes by airbrush.
Another thing I learned is that with an aluminum scheme you see each imperfection clearly, so I noticed that for next time I have to improve my grinding.
For the rest it was a pretty nice kit to build, really enjoyable.
I used Vallejo aluminum and silver acrylic to represent the metal scheme.
Other colors, primer and varnish are also Vallejo acrylic.
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